TORONTO – A comedian and actor said a racist incident he saw on the streets of Toronto on Saturday was not representative of the Canada he wants to live in.Andrew Phung had dropped his family off at Rogers Centre for a Blue Jays game, parked his car nearby and was walking to the stadium when he says he saw a police officer tell a driver to “go back to your country.”Phung, who stars in the CBC sitcom “Kim’s Convenience,” described the alleged incident in a series of tweets Saturday afternoon and a phone interview Saturday evening. Toronto police said they’re investigating.He said he was waiting to cross the downtown street with a group of about 20 other people when the light changed, and a driver he described as a person of colour hesitated to pull through the intersection.Phung said an on-duty police officer shouted at the driver to proceed, which the person did, but as the officer was walking back toward the sidewalk, Phung said he heard the cop say, “If you can’t drive, go back to your country.”Phung said he responded by shouting, “That’s not cool.”“Two men beside me then said, ‘Nope, totally cool. If you can’t drive, go back to your f—ing country.’ The comedian in me then burst out and then I proceeded to ask them why they thought driving ability equated citizenship in this country.”Phung said he thinks the driver hesitated because the intersection had two sets of lights that were close together, and the other set of lights was red.“I think as a whole we can all agree that we’ve all been confused before in Toronto traffic,” Phung said.“It was just so disappointing to see this coming from a police officer,” said Phung. “They’re the moral backbone of our community, they uphold the law. So when you see a police officer doing that, it empowered two other people to join in on that racism.”“We have spent the evening gathering information so we can investigate what happened,” said Mark Pugash, spokesman for Toronto police, on Saturday.
A teaser for Minecraft: Earth showed a pig from the game.Microsoft’s YouTube ChannelMinecraft, one of the most popular games in the world, is getting the AR treatment from Microsoft and it seems to have high potential. The official trailer for Minecraft: Earth was released on May 17, which marked the 10-year anniversary of the game.Minecraft: Earth will allow players to project their creations into the world through their smartphones. Microsoft had released a teaser video on their official YouTube channel on 6 May, showing a pig from the game walking on grass. The official reveal is grander, showing the potential of the game and urging people to “Minecraft your world”.The trailer gives viewers a glimpse of the vast potential for creativity that Minecraft: Earth will bring. It shows people placing virtual treehouses in their garden, grand castles being built at a park, a giant blue octopus enveloping houses in its tentacles, a village on a table-top, and chickens.Thus, people will have the ability to create an environment on a small surface, say, the table in a restaurant, and then take their creation out in the world and showcase it on a larger scale. Players will be able to interact with virtual wildlife and the various mobs in the game. It will also give players the ability to collaborate on projects and create something together.Microsoft hasn’t revealed how the game will be monetised, but it has been reported by Windows Central that it will be a free-to-play game without any loot boxes. The report mentions that the game will have ‘Build Plates’ on which players will build their creations, and then be able to scale the build plates to size. To create, players will have to collect blocks and go for an “Adventure” for rarer materials, such as diamonds. These personal Build Plates will also ensure that a player’s creations don’t get destroyed by others.Players are being offered a free, Earth-themed skin for their avatar in Minecraft if they register now for the Minecraft: Earth. It is available for devices running iOS 10 (or greater)and Android 7 (or greater), and registrations are available through this link. Minecraft: Earth will allow players to collaborate on projects.Minecraft.netAugmented Reality (AR)The prospect of AR technology took the world by storm when Pokémon GO released back in July of 2016. An age-old franchise with a massive following had come to life on people’s phones. Fans could catch their favourite Pokémon and get rewarded just for walking. People could not stop playing the game, even on the road. It got some criticism when people met with accidents while crossing roads or driving.Minecraft: Earth will have a slightly different take on AR with its fixed anchors. This technology allows multiple people to see the same thing, say a tower at a park, at the same place. By permanently anchoring objects’ positions and logging that on the cloud, players’ creations will stay at one location until moved.Creator Markus Persson shared his story of looking for the technology at a time when none of the tech companies in Forbes 500 were working on it. “Name a Fortune 500 tech company,” he told Wired in an interview, “I probably asked them, ‘Hey, are you working on this?'” Nobody was.That was until he met the developers of HoloLens in 2017, who were working on the exact technology he had been looking for. They decided to collaborate on the project and Minecraft became a big part of HoloLens demos. Now, Microsoft wants to let players make their own world and experience it through the lens of their phone.The development of this game is certainly something to look forward to, as it will also mark a new way to play games. The beta for Minecraft: Earth will commence in Summer this year. The full release has been rumoured to be sometime before 2020.
Vivek OberoiVarinder ChawlaVivek Oberoi, who will be seen in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s biopic, has reportedly received death threats from Naxalites over the release of the movie on Friday. While investigation regarding the case is going on, Vivek has been provided with police protection. Meanwhile, ever since the actor has announced that he will star in PM Modi’s biopic, Vivek has found himself making headlines for the wrong reasons.First, the movie, which was set to release on April 5, was postponed to May 24 after the Election Commission asked the makers to release the film after the Lok Sabha elections.Secondly, Vivek, who has been active on social media, landed in a row with actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan over his ‘first terrorist was Hindu’ remark. Vivek had said that Haasan should not divide the country. He had also slammed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee.And, he found recently himself in another controversy after sharing a meme that compared his ex Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s relationships from past to present with that of the opinion and exit polls. The meme featured Salman Khan, Aishwarya and Abhishek Bachchan besides Vivek himself. Many of his fellow industry people including Sonam Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Madhur Bhandarkar blasted the actor for such insensitive tweet. Vivek also received a notice from Maharastra State Commission for Women. He later apologised for the same and also deleted his tweet. Vivek Oberoi plays Prime Minister Narendra ModiTwitter/VivekOberoi
Greater prevalence of anal cancer precursors for women living with HIV than prior reports A federal program to rebuild the ecosystems of the Louisiana Delta at the mouth of the Mississippi River took a hit last month when Hurricane Katrina roared through the gulf. The Golden Meadow Plant Materials Center, which is charged with rebuilding an ever-eroding Louisiana coastline, lost about one-third of its 50,000-to-80,000 plants – which strengthen marshes and island barriers. The plants were located in a greenhouse at the 90-acre facility in Galliano, La., southwest of New Orleans. Relatively speaking, the plant materials center took a small hit. Coastal Mississippi, however, did not fare so well. Nor did southeastern Louisiana.”It was a catastrophic event,” said Gary Fine, Manager of the United States Agriculture Department’s Golden Meadow center, which is one of 26 plant materials centers across the country. Fine and a group of mainly volunteer workers – such as high-school students – may make a trek to the beaches of Mississippi to “try and help them replenish,” Fine said.Before coming to Louisiana, Fine worked in Kansas rebuilding the planes.”I grew prairie grass in Kansas and I’m growing wetland grass here,” Fine said, explaining that the program was initially developed by the government in the 1930s to replant the dust bowl area of the central planes.It’s up to Fine’s crew to discover what plants, for instance, can tolerate a great deal of salt. The saltwater from the ocean, combined with rising sea levels, erode and sink the coastline. The stabilization of the Mississippi River’s channel – the construction of levees – has cut off sediment-laden overflow that once nourished adjacent wetland areas. Hurricanes and tropical storms ravage the coast, as well.By working with plant geneticists, crossing and breeding certain species that can help strengthen the coastline, Fine is using nature’s bounty to protect the ecosystems from its wrath by strengthening marshes and island barriers with hardy vegetation.One of a number of projects Fine is working on involves rebuilding ridges and maritime forests. Using bulldozers to shape the ridgeline, and recreating the maritime forests with plants grown in containers at the facility, the group is able to stabilize the coastal region. Because with each hurricane season, the Gulf of Mexico coastal regions become more vulnerable. Such plants include; ‘Vermilion’ smooth cord grass; ‘Fourchon’ bitter panicum; ‘Brazoria’ seashore paspalum; and ‘Fourchon’ bitter panicum.When the coastline recedes, migratory birds from South America can no longer make the trip across the gulf. By rebuilding the maritime forests and coastline, Fine’s group is recreating the habitat that sustains the wildlife.It’s one reason Fine likes working in the delicate coastal region.”It’s exciting and rewarding,” he said, adding, “It’s a fragile environment but it’s a dynamic environment.”by Allison Cooper, Copyright 2005 PhysOrg.com Citation: Oceanic ecosystem in the wake of hurricanes (2005, October 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2005-10-oceanic-ecosystem-hurricanes.html Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. How Success Happens Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. May 8, 2013 3 min read With the ubiquity of smartphones, it’s easy to get caught up in the app hype. But the question is, should you?While there’s no doubt that mobile applications can be great for keeping customers engaged with your brand, they aren’t right for everyone. Among other reasons, roughly 80 percent of apps get fewer than 1,000 downloads, and a huge chunk of them register very few downloads at all. They’ll often get buried under the other million-plus apps in every app store.It can also be costly to develop a mobile application. According to Blue Cloud Solutions, an iPhone app consultancy, you’re going to pay between $1,000 and $4,000 for the most basic of mobile apps. If you want features like in-app purchasing or connection to a database, you’ll see costs increase substantially.So, how do you decide if your business needs an app or not? Here are three questions to ask yourself before going down the app development path:1. Who are your customers, and what do they expect? Believe it or not, not everyone has a smartphone (only about 50 percent of U.S. consumers, according to Comscore’s “2013 Mobile Future in Focus” report), and not everyone with a smartphone downloads and uses apps. Evaluate your customer base and determine how useful a mobile app will be to them. If it’s not obvious, a survey of your market is a great way to get the answers you need.Related: Have an App Idea But Don’t Know Code? Here’s An Action Plan2. Will a mobile website accomplish what you need? Once you figure out the needs of your customers, it might be clear that a good looking, easy to navigate mobile site is what you really need. A mobile site is also a great transition into mobile if app development is outside your budget right now. The other advantage of this approach is that it works across all smartphone platforms, whereas you need to develop different apps specific to iPhone, Android, Microsoft and (maybe) Blackberry.Related: The Basics: 3 Important Tips for Creating Killer Mobile Apps3. Do you have the bandwidth to maintain an effective mobile app? A mobile app isn’t something you can just set and forget. Not only do platform updates demand frequent upgrades to your app, but if you want your app to be a success, it needs to be refreshed and updated on a regular basis. Developing new content and functionality takes time and money, so be sure you know what you’re getting into.Related: The New Cool Kids: Teenage-App DevelopersBottom line:Ask yourself why you want to develop an app. Are you getting caught up in the fury of activity in this space and afraid you’re missing out? Or do you have a genuine need to develop a mobile app for your business? If you find that an app would benefit your company, engage your clientele and be cost-effective, go for it.What other factors should you consider before launching an app? Let us know in the comment Listen Now